So, for a week or so, I been messing around with this little freeware iTunes add-on called GimmeSomeTune. It’s got an attractive interface and adds some functionality to iTunes with a floating translucent window that displays current song info. There’s a lot of features and it’s highly customizable. My favorite part, though, is that it’ll automatically download album art for whatever song you’re playing.
Get it from Eternal Storms Software.
Yes, my ninja, it’s true. The Austin, TX police apparently confiscated "17 cookies of crack cocaine" after arresting a man for giving them a fake name. So yeah, when you’re on the way to your next crack party and you get pulled over, give them your real name!
The Blotter article here
and the photo link
This reclining seductress turned up at the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show in London, England.
via Grand Illusion
So yeah, as ill as we are on our own, the ninja family over here at myninjaplease.com is always looking for suggestions for items or even complete postings… Who knows, if you’ve got good stuff to say and are a little sick and twisted (not too much, let’s have some decency), you might carve yourself out an official niche over here, ditch your sensei and become a real live ninja…please! Here’s what you gotta do:
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Give us your email. That way, if we need any info, we won’t need to hunt you down like a thief in the night and assault you with barbecue tongs. No, we won’t share your address, and I’m not even gonna address spam (ninja?!).
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If you find yourself in London before May 2nd, 2011, pop in to the Tate Modern Museum and check out the installation by Artist Ai Weiwei, free of charge. Weiwei, a Chinese conceptual artist, has - with the help of a team of specialists - painstakingly sculpted thousands upon thousands of porcelain sunflower seeds. These seeds line the floor of the Tate’s Turbine Hall - each stamped with "Made in China" - and the entire exhibit can be walked-on, picked-up, and experienced up close by the public.
- Roberto Alomar would have a field day
This really is pretty cool.
The article I read over at Juxtapoz (the same place from which I ninjered the pics, read the link for more details, including dimensions) claims that the choice of medium was an allusion to China’s long history of porcelain-making. Although we think of porcelain as the translucent-white pottery that gained popularity in China during the early part of the first millennium, it stands to mention that China has a much longer ceramics history. Some of the oldest examples of pottery in the world, some almost 11,000 years old, have been found in Paleolithic caves of China. Nowadays, a good majority of cheap ceramics in the US come in as Chinese imports. Importing, coveting, and, most of all breaking, Chinese porcelain is about as American as baseball and sunflower seeds.
- Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds cover the entire Turbine Hall
I’d love to see this exhibit for myself, but also admit that if you throw some salt on those bad boys, I could end up in that customs holding cell again.
Update: Apparently you can’t walk on it anymore. For more info check the link after the quote.
Sunflower Seeds is made up of millions of small works, each apparently identical, but actually unique. However realistic they may seem, these life-sized sunflower seed husks are in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain.
Each seed has been individually sculpted and painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Far from being industrially produced, they are the effort of hundreds of skilled hands. Poured into the interior of the Turbine Hall’s vast industrial space, the 100 million seeds form a seemingly infinite landscape.
Porcelain is almost synonymous with China and, to make this work, Ai Weiwei has manipulated traditional methods of crafting what has historically been one of China’s most prized exports. Sunflower Seeds invites us to look more closely at the "Made in China" phenomenon and the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today. (Tate Modern)